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The former UDFA appears to be in line to start
The #Giants have agreed to a two-year extension with OL Nick Gates, who started three games last year. The deal has a base value of $6.825 million and could max out at $10.325 million. A former undrafted free agent who spent his first year on IR, Gates cashes in.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 1, 2020
Gates originally signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. Last year Gates started three games at guard and right tackle for the Giants, stepping in after injuries to RG Kevin Zeitler and RT Mike Remmers.
Gates has been considered a candidate to start at right tackle and will also compete with veteran Spencer Pulley for the starting center position. The amount of money the Giants will be paying Gates — between $6.8 million and $10.3 million — strongly suggest that he is viewed as much more than just a versatile backup. Instead it is likely that we will see him starting at one position, either right tackle or center, this year.
That becomes even more likely in light of the decision by LT Nate Solder to opt out of the 2020 season. The Giants have a hole at the right tackle position, and it seems that Nick Gates has the inside track to filling it.